Molecular characterization of dengue viruses circulating during 2009–2012 in Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world; in India it has taken endemic proportion implicating all the four known dengue virus serotypes. Dengue infection is caused by a small, single stranded RNA virus comprising of four antigenically distinct virus serotypes designated as dengue virus type 1–4 (DENV-1–4). On the basis of genomic variations, each serotype is classified further into its genotypes. Epidemiological studies have shown that the emergence of a newer dengue serotype/genotype after an interval always leads to a major outbreak; therefore a continuous epidemiological surveillance is needed to monitor the epidemiology of dengue viruses. The present study was planned to identify the serotype/genotype of dengue viruses circulating in Uttar Pradesh, India. Of 433 dengue suspected patients, tested by reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR), 136 were positive for dengue virus RNA. Of these, DENV-1, 2, and 3 were detected in 26 (19.1%), 77 (56.6%), and 33 (24.3%) patients, respectively. Of 136 RT-PCR positive samples, 24 samples were sequenced to identify their genotypes. For sequencing C–prM gene junction of dengue virus genome was chosen. Phylogenetic analysis of sequenced dengue strains revealed that all the 12 DENV-1 strains were genotype III, all the eight DENV-2 strains were genotype IV (Cosmopolitan genotype) and among four DENV-3 strains, three were genotype III and one was genotype I. In conclusion, the co-circulation of multiple dengue virus serotypes and genotypes is alarming in U.P., India. J. Med. Virol. 87: 68–75, 2015. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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